This quirky film educates young drivers to try to share the road with bicyclists. We follow the growth of Lisa from a pig-tailed bicyclist to a teen driver who now must tolerate unpredictable bike-riders. GM likes bikes too!
It's narrated by Jim Stringer - who did much of the music for Centron Films in the late 1970s and 1980s.
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March 27, 2012 Subject:
This short film PSA thingy is full of win. Love the music that runs through it all.
Great footage that can be used as stock footage.
September 22, 2007 Subject:
me likey bikey!
September 20, 2007 Subject:
True of bikes all true of scooters, too
As someone who drives a Vespa scooter, I'd like to add that what the narrator explains about bikes is also true of scooters and mopeds. I had a terrible spill on sand a month ago. SAND. "Little things upset 'em" - so true. But, the film needs to stress that auto drivers can sometimes hog the road and think smaller vehicles with motors have no right to share it. I've been nearly killed through no fault of my own many times, and sometimes it takes making sustained eye contact as well as beeping my horn to distract a car driver from his or her cell phone.
Note to Twang Guru: I love your music and wish you and your ARP would send a cassette of it to me. That's right, a cassette. How much?
March 30, 2007 Subject:
Well, this is not so much a review as a historical note. I'm the guy that wrote that music. No.. it's not a mini Moog... it's an Arp 2600, fully patchable several oscillators, ASDR's, etc., but single voice. The ARP2600 was the cousin of the full blown ARP 2500.
As for the "schmaltz" factor, it's totally goofy... most of this genre were VERY goofy. As far as calling this a "psa" -- believe it or not, this was a relatively high budget thing. Not quite as high as our commercial and PR pieces, but several times what we'd spend on the ordinary educational piece. This film was originally to have NO narration -- just music. Little by little, the narration was added until it was virtually wall to wall.
The animation was simple, but was done by Oscar Rojas, a very talented artist and cartoonist of Cuban descent who worked for Centron for many years. Other Centron personelle pop up as actors in various places, too.
May 4, 2006 Subject:
A Portrait of the Bicyclist as a Young Woman
Designed for the purpose of emphasizing the need for drivers to exercise caution when in the presence of bicyclists, this incredibly entertaining film features whimsical visuals and a memorable synthesizer soundtrack. After an introduction from the narrator, Ike, a bicycle with the gift of rhyming speech, viewers are made acquainted with Lisa, a young girl whose inextinguishable enthusiasm for bicycling is put to the test when she reaches the age of fifteen and obtains her driver's license. Once Lisa heads out onto the road and encounters various dangerous situations involving bicyclists and drivers, Ike warns of the innate, accident-prone tendencies that bicycles exhibit. While some may find Ike's constant refrains to be a nuisance, I found the manner in which his words are spoken to be nothing short of hilarious, and the scene in which Lisa yearns for Coke and pizza is also quite amusing. This is the funniest driver's education film I've ever seen!
March 13, 2006 Subject:
I like bikes ....but
Well i have no problem with this peice of nostaliga .However for all you who are intrested in how these old 70's psa's soundtracks were made , well most of them used snythezisers , in this particular one a monophonic analog Mini MOOG was used .Its a classic and obvoiusly the cheap choice back then to make a soundtrack with it compaired to more expensive modular versions of its cousin the MOOG modular , which cost upwards to 50,000 -100,000 to own. To learn more i recomend this awesome documantary about Bob Moog the units inventor
I Like Bikes is a somewhat slow exploration about car and bike safety, with a main character who drives and always seems to barely miss hitting a cyclist. The narrator, who looks a lot like Jan Brady, was quite the cyclist growing up. But ever since she got her driverÃÂs licence, well, the metaphors speak loudly when, in her first day at the wheel, she runs over her own bike. Soon after that, many tips are discussed, while the most annoying schmaltzy music plays (sorry Mr. Stringer!) and the ever so cute narration (sorry again!). The animation is sort of fun though. Still, the movie runs far too long, and gets boring quickly.
January 2, 2006 Subject:
Odd, but in a good way
I thought this film was pretty neat. It features odd animation, synched music, and an annoying narrator who conducts the whole affair en verse. And as a bonus, the title cards that pop up during the movie (STOP and WATCH OUT) look a lot like subliminal messaging.
I give it four stars, for the inventiveness of the whole thing.